E is for Ex-Demon Anya (I know, it’s a stretch – they get worse, believe me!)
Aud was born in Sweden over 1000 years ago. After turning her lover into a troll when she discovered he was sleeping with the bar maids in the local village, the demon D’Hoffryn offered to turn Aud into a vengeance demon. Aud accepted, became Anyanka and brought vengeance to scorned women around the world. She was drawn to Sunnydale by a grieving Cordelia, and sent Sunnydale to an alternate dimension. She was defeated when Giles smashed her necklace, rendering her a mortal student of Sunnydale High, known as Anya.
Anya returned in season 4 and joined the Scooby Gang when the writers were looking for a Cordelia-replacement – someone to add the sarcastic point of view and mix things up a bit. She started dating (and got engaged to) Xander, and working for Giles in The Magic Box. Xander ultimately left Anya at the altar in season 6 and, in her grief, she once again became a vengeance demon.
This show is full of interesting, strong female characters, which I think is one of the things that a) made it stand out when it first started and b) has kept it alive for so long. Anya is another of these. I’ve diagnosed her as autistic – she is literal in everything that is said or done, she doesn’t understand human emotions or interactions, and she needs the basic social “rules” explained in detail. She’s witty and clever and blunt as anything. And she’s scared of rabbits. If that doesn’t make you like her, nothing will.
I metEmma Caufield, the actress of Anya, when she came to Brisbane Oz Comic Con in 2014. The grin on my face says it all.
|With Emma Caulfield and Nicholas Brandon|